News from the Viola section


We are delighted to announce some recent changes to our Viola section. From the start of June 2018, former Tutti Viola Catherine Bower has moved up to Sub-Principal in the section. We will also be welcoming two new appointments: David BaMaung, who joins us on 12 August as Sub-Principal Viola and Jessica Tickle, who starts on 18 June as Tutti Viola.

Catherine Bower
Sub-Principal Viola

‘I am absolutely thrilled to become a sub principal, and even more delighted that David and Jess will be joining the section!’

Catherine first joined the CBSO in 1989, leaving in 1992 to care for her young family. She then played as an associate until she rejoined in 2011. She feels lucky to have worked with Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons and cites her highlights with the orchestra as ‘the 1997 tour to South America, Mahler 8 with Simon Rattle in the Mahler year, last year’s Benevolent Fund concert, Sibelius 5 with Sakari, most Andris concerts but particularly Mahler 2 and the Beethoven cycle that we recorded’. Read more

David BaMaung
Sub-Principal Viola

David studied with Sue Muir, Wen Zhou Li and Jane Atkins. Prior to joining CBSO, he was a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. David performed as Guest Principal Viola with Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Royal Ballet, Canadian National Ballet, English National Ballet and as Guest Co-principal (No 2) with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé and Scottish Ensemble.

David has performed and recorded extensively with London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. He is a former member of the Maxwell Quartet.

Jessica Tickle
Tutti Viola

Jessica is from UpHolland in West Lancashire and first asked for violin lessons after hearing one at a local concert when she was six years old. She became a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from the age of eleven and began playing viola there when she was fifteen.

Jess spent fours years at the Royal College of Music in London but took a year out from her studies to live and work in Havana, Cuba, where she played with the Orchestra of the Cuban National Ballet and at the conservatoire in Havana. After leaving RCM in 2014, Jess was a member of ‘Southbank Sinfonia 2015’ before relocating back up North where she has had a busy freelance career working with many different orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of music, Jess has just renewed her season ticket at Huddersfield Town FC and is looking forward to a second season of watching Premier League football. She is also keen on cricket and has a dog called Jimmy who is named after Lancashire and England bowler, Jimmy Anderson.